Manali Leh Jeep Safari Tour

The Spiti Valley is formed by the Spiti River which rises at the Kubzum-La pass and descends into the mighty Sutlej River which is 150kms down stream. The scenery is awe inspiring and has unforgettable beauty. En-route, the river receives waters from many side valleys. These valleys are narrow except in places where the width can be up to 3km, thus limiting the cultivatable land. Small plantations of willow trees and poplars are grown near the Ki Monastery Spiti valley villages by the river to be used for house building in the local style. The hills are rich in herbs and rare medicinal plants which have been used in Tibetan Medicine for hundreds of years.

The Spiti Valley is a remote area high in the Himalayas situated on the Tibetan plateau with almost no rain and snow-covered for 8 months a year. Although originally Tibetan, it's been part of India since the mid 19th century and virtually closed off from the World for most of the last 50 years. For the population of 10,000 people, life is hard and physically tiring at an altitude of 12,000 feet, yet the people are warm hearted and generous by nature, with a strong sense of spirituality.

Tour Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
You will be assisted on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Delhi - Kalka - Shimla By Train / Himalayan Queen

You will be transferred in time to board the Himalayan Queen to Kalka, from where you will have a delightful journey in a Toy Train to Shimla. The train passes through 104 tunnels and zigzags its way up the beautiful mountain scenery. Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: In Shimla
Your tour of Shimla will include the Mall, which runs along the top of the ridge with its rows of shops and old colonial architecture and is one place every visitor passes through. This is the hub of Shimla's life. At the end of the promenade, there is Scandal Point, a large open square with a view of the town, so named because of a number of romantic rendezvous arranged here in the past. Shimla's landmarks - the neo Gothic structure of Christ Church and the neo Tudor Library building are worth seeing. Overnight: Hotel

Day 04: Shimla - Sarahan (2165 M) - By surface / 184 km / approx 7 hrs
You commence your tour by departing from Shimla in the morning and arrive Sarahan by the evening. En route visit Buddha Temple at Rampur, which is 130 km from Shimla. After the visit continue your drive to Sarahan, the ancient capital of the mighty Bushahr. Here, the Bhimakali Temple is built in Indo-Tibetan architectural style and is one of the finest examples of Himachali architecture.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 05: Sarahan - Sangla (2680 M) - By surface / 92 km / approx 3 - 4 hrs
From Sarahan your journey takes you to Sangla (Kinnaur) through the Baspa Valley, offering breathtaking views of gorges of the Greater Himalayas. You will be stopping en route at Karchham, where the Baspa River joins the Sutlej River from the south. 18 km from here brings you to Sangla, where you check in to your camp.
Overnight: Deluxe Camp

Day 06: In Sangl
Today you will enjoy a day trip to Rakcham & Chitkul. Rakchham is situated on the banks of Baspa River, at an altitude of 2900 M, and is famous for its scenic beauty. It is about 13 km from Sangla on the way to Chitkul (3450 M). The last and the highest village in the Baspa Valley, Chitkul, 28 km from Sangla, is noted for its alpine meadows and views of the snows capped peaks. Looming above the village is the impressive Mt. Kinner Kailash (6050 M). Overnight: Deluxe Camp

Day 07: Sangla - Kalpa (2960 M) - By surface / 51 KM / approx 2 ½ hrs

You have an early morning start and first stop at Kamru Fort on your way to Kalpa. This castle is situated at an altitude of about 2500 M in the heart of scenic Baspa Valley. The castle has a distinctive type of temple architecture with a tower that served as the residence for the Thakur and also housed the clan deity of the ruling house. You will arrive Kalpa by the afternoon.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 08: Kalpa - Nako (2950 M) – By surface 122 km / approx 4-5 hrs
Morning drive towards Spiti Valley, you experience Timberline - a line beyond which forests do not grow. The barren and rugged brown mountains start from Jangi, which get more rugged and barren after Pooh (2837 M). Your drive continues along the Sutlej River until you reach Khab (2831 M), the confluence of Rivers Sutlej and Spiti where you halt for a picnic lunch amidst picturesque surroundings. A direct climb up takes you to Nako. Overnight: Deluxe Camp

Day 09: Nako - Tabo (3050 M) - By surface / 59 KM / approx 59 KM / 2 ½ hrs
After breakfast your tour takes you to Tabo, the largest monastic complex in Spiti. Tabo Gompa is a world heritage site of UNESCO.
Overnight: Hotel/Camp

Day 10: Tabo – Dhankar – Lalung – Kaza (3600 m)
Go on a drive to Dhankar, the traditional capital of Spiti and have fun exploring an old monastery. The monastery is said to be the home to Vairochamma statue that is worth watching. Then go for a short walk up the mountainside leading to the Mountain Lake . Later go for a 5-hour journey to Kaza via Lalung. You will pass through world-famous side valley of Lingti while on your way to Lalung. Arrive in Kaza and then check in at the hotel. Overnight:

Day 11: In Kaza - Visit to Ki Monastery (3969 M) and Kibber (4205 M)
In the morning you visit the Ki Monastery located 12 km from Kaza. This ancient monastery is believed to have been built on a crater of an extinct Volcano. The monastery boasts of ancient brass instruments consisting of trumpets, cymbals and drums.

11 km further ahead is a small gompa at Kibber, which has the distinction of being the highest permanently inhabited village here. It is considered to be one of the highest villages in the world. On the return journey to Kaza you are rewarded with some excellent views of the Damul Village.
Overnight:

Day 12: Kaza - Mikkim – Mud - Kaza
Morning after breakfast drive (32 km) to Mikkim (3087 mt.) via Gulling. Visit kungri monastery and Mud village (3900 mt). Drive back to Kaza.
Overnight:

Day 13: Kaza - Keylong By Surface approx 6 - 7 hrs Kunzum La pass
Today you would be crossing over the highest altitude on your entire safari as you travel from Kaza to Keylong over the Kunzam Pass (4551 M). In Keylong you will be saying for the night in a Hotel, which has majestic and breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14: Keylong
Full day free at leasure with car at disposal
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: Keylong - Rohtang Pass - Manali
Today you for Manali, via Rohtang Pass. On arrival, check in at your hotel and relax for the evening. Manali is a major resort in the Kullu Valley . According to the legend its name is derived from Manu and Alaya, the abode of Manu. Manali is synonymous with streams and birdsongs, forest and orchards and the grandeur of the snowcapped Himalaya
Overnight: Hotel

Day 16: In Manali
Today we leave for city tour of Manali, visiting the Hadimba Devi temple set within dense Pine forest and walking around the Beas river, Vashist Temple & hot spring, Tibetan Monastery and the local market.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 17: Manali – Naggar – Kullu – Chandigarh
Drive to Chandigarh enroute visit Naggar and Kullu city. Arrive Chandigarh and check into hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 18: Chandigarh – Delhi drive
Morning drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and visit the New Delhi. In the evening after dinner transfer to the airport.

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